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A Sikh man almost always bears the surname of Singh, which means 'lion', and a Sikh woman can be identified with a second name of Kaur, which means 'princess' ('Kaur' being an exclusively Sikh name). Additionally, except in only a very few cases, the same first names used for men are used for women. In other words, though one may not be able to tell the sex of a Sikh person from his/her first name, the second name of Singh or Kaur makes the distinction completely clear Sikhism (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is a religion that began in sixteenth century Northern India with the teachings of Nanak and nine successive human gurus. ... A family name, or surname, is that part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ... Singh is a common name in India used by Sikhs and Hindu martial classes like Rajputs, Dogras, Gurkhas, Gujjars, Jatts and Marathas. ... KAUR is an fm radio station broadcasting from the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ...

Unisex first names are a salient example of the complete equality between men and women. Moreover, the said first names usually end with common suffixes such as: inder, jeet, jot, preet, pal, meet, deep, mail, bir, vant etc. Even the prefixes of the first names aren't too varied. The most common prefixes are: Gur, Har, Man, Bal, Dal, Kul, Jas etc. The various combinations of these prefixes and suffixes make up Sikh first names. Also of note, Sikh names always represent some exalted ideal state or perfect concept. For example, Harjot means "divine spirit of the lord." (Har - God, Jot - spirit). Savraj means "Independence" (sav - self, raj - rule).

Despite the above unwritten conventions that are usually followed while naming Sikh children, till a generation earlier, shorter, one syllable names such as: Banta Singh, Bhag Singh, Jant Singh, etc. could be easily encountered especially in rural areas of Punjab. Other than that, modern Sikh families living in bigger, cosmopolitan cities, have adopted names from other communities as well. For instance, in New Delhi you might find a Sikh girl named simply Amita. In this case, the second name Kaur has been done away with and more significantly, the name Amita is unlike any conventional Sikh first name and is, in fact, a name more commonly associated with a Hindu girl. Some Sikh girls simply take on last name of Singh, a practice more common in larger cities. Some believers maintain that this practice of naming without using the word Singh or Kaur is manmat (Against the will of the Guru) and is prohibited in the Rehat Maryada (The way of living of Sikhs). Punjab, 1903 Punjab Province, 1909 Punjab (meaning: Land of five Rivers (c. ... The Humayuns Tomb, situated in New Delhi, has an architectural design similar to the Taj Mahal. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Rehat Maryada is the Sikh Code of Conduct as released by the SGPC. In 1915 and later in 1931, attempts were made to create a modern standard Rehat (Rahit or code). ...

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A given name or the “First Name” of a Sikh is followed by “Singh” (a Lion) for a baby boy and “Kaur” (a princess) for a baby girl again as per the ordained codes of Sikh faith and as such it needs to be adhered to.
Such a name in fact might be too long, alien and difficult to pronounce for the indigenous population of this country in which they will have to live for the rest of their lives.
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